Any time is a good time to clean pots, but during the winter, you do tend to have more time for this type of chore!
Now is a really good time to gather up all your crusty, salty, clay pots and give them a good cleaning.
You can make them look like new in no time, and here's how you do it:
Four Steps To Clean Your Crusty, Clay Pots:
1. Soak them in vinegar to help remove salt deposits. A few hours is normally enough to get rid of most salt deposits, but for heavily crusted pots, scrub with a steel wool pad after soaking for up to 12 hours.
2. Next you'll want to sterilize your pots to make sure no residual fungi or bacteria will carry over to your next plant. To do that, dip your pots (this can be done with plastic or ceramic pots too) in a dilute solution of bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water). Leave them in for a few minutes and then rinse off with clean water.
3. You're now ready to plant, or you can store your pots where they will stay clean until you are ready to use them.
4. You can also paint your clean pots with any of the colorful spray paints now available if you want to give them an entirely new look. It's up to you.